About the Series
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical series. It aims
to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used to define ‘‘Latin
America’’ while at the same time exploring the broad interplay of political,
economic, and cultural practices that have shaped Latin American worlds.
Latin America, at the crossroads of competing imperial designs and local
responses, has been construed as a geocultural and geopolitical entity since the
nineteenth century. This series provides a starting point to redefine Latin
America as a configuration of political, linguistic, cultural, and economic in-
tersections that demand a continuous reappraisal of the role of the Americas in
history, and of the ongoing process of globalization and the relocation of
people and cultures that have characterized Latin America’s experience. Latin
America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a forum that confronts es-
tablished geocultural constructions, that rethinks area studies and disciplinary
boundaries, that assesses convictions of the academy and of public policy, and
that, correspondingly, demands that the practices through which we produce
knowledge and understanding about and from Latin America be subject to
rigorous and critical scrutiny.
The Latin American Subaltern Studies Reader, edited by Ileana Rodríguez, col-
lects several significant papers emerging from almost ten years of work and
debates generated by the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group. This vol-
ume brings a new perspective to intellectual and political work that indirectly
refashions area studies as well as cultural studies paradigms. It also introduces
new problems within the agenda shaped in the past thirty-five years by the
Latin American Studies Association.
The volume is at the same time a landmark in the intellectual and institu-
tional relations between North and South, a signal invitation to think Latin
American Otherwise and to imagine di√erent possible futures. Within our
series, The Latin American Subaltern Studies Reader introduces a theoretical
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